Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic pupils. – to help parents choose schools for children with specific learning difficulties (SpLD). It keeps a register of schools that are inspected to meet the CResSTeD criteria and are able to provide help for pupils with SpLD. The web site has useful resources including – questions to ask schools, advice and parents' checklists as well as what to expect from your school. Also it gives links for legal advice for special educational needs and many other resources
Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities who cannot read print. There is a one off 'for life' joining fee of £20 for children. It is easy to stream books onto a phone or ipad or books can be sent to you in a disc/MP3 form to listen to. The discs come in a padded envelope with a return label. You create your wish list and your next book comes as soon as the old disc is returned.
TheDyslexia-Spldtrust.org.uk - a group of recognised charitable organisations working with the Department of Education to provide information to parents and teachers. A fairly new project is to recruit volunteer parents who want to help and support other parents and carers of children with dyslexia and learning difficulties in their local community – called ‘ Parent Champions’. These volunteers will feed parental concerns back to the trust to drive forward support in education.
Dyslexia Action is one of the largest dyslexia charities in the UK. They provide services and support for people of all ages. There is really useful information for parents and carers on their website including a reading list for reluctant readers. Local centres in the UK provide assessment and tutor facilities. All Dyslexia Action Centres offer free half-hour consultations as well as assessments, screenings, tuition and consultancy.
A website delivered by RNIB bookshare that allows you to download books to iPads and laptops and also provides some audio and sensory resources. It is approved by the Department of Education and is great for revision books and looking at pages of text books in bitesize chunks (as you can change the size and font). Due to copyright though you must be invited to join by a group that has printed versions of the books – we asked our schools to set up an account (free) and the schools then invited us to join enabling us to therefore use the resources at home.
We want to see a time when all children, including those who struggle with literacy, are given the help they need to learn how to read and write; when children with dyslexia are identified and supported from an early age so that their dyslexia is not a barrier to learning and they are given the self confidence they need to succeed in whatever they set out to do.
BDA campaigns and lobbies for long lasting and sustainable change for the benefit of dyslexic people. It provides impartial, objective advice and support, sets the standards for and accredits dyslexia knowledge and professional expertise, promotes research and disseminates best practice.
The BDA Helpline (0333 405 4567) is completely free and confidential for all dyslexia related calls and emails. The BDA Helpline provides dyslexia information and advice surrounding dyslexic issues
PATOSS organisation to help those that support individuals with SPLD - can find tutors and assessors on line. Provides guidelines for checking tutors are suitable for your needs. Teachers with specialist training may be members of PATOSS
ACE provides advice on education issues for children within regulations and the law. The site has clear explanations about getting extra help in school.
The National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) supports and promotes the work of Parent Partnership Services (PPS) across England and offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
Dyslexia North East is a group of dedicated volunteers from all walks of life who care passionately about improving the educational opportunities and support for those affected by DYSLEXIA and related conditions
Springboard is a charity providing one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children in schools. It provides training for parents and volunteers to help children who are at risk of being left behind in the education system. It also runs a ‘ Reader Leader’ programme so that students can help other students at school.
IPSEA stands for the Independent Parental Special Education Advice , it is a registered charity that offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support on legal duties of authorties to assess and provide for children.
Young Dyslexics is a national dyslexia awareness initiative enabling children in schools throughout the UK to prepare and deliver a presentation to their class/whole school about what it really means to be dyslexic. The initiative is run by The Dyslexia Association that provide support and services for dyslexic children and adults of all ages, their parents/families, educators, employers and the wider community
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is made up of Parent Carer Forums, of which there is one in almost every local authority area in England, that engage with and are funded by the Department of Education. If one parent in each County was involved in a Forum representing dyslexia issues it could have a huge impact…
It is a closed group and you can request to join. Professionals and parents share information to point you in the right direction to get the help that you need. It is a friendly group where you can ask any questions or share your experiences.
It forms part of www.operationdiversity.co.uk a business set up to provide children, adolescence and adults with a wide range of SpLDs, including dyslexia, with access to information, advice and products that will support them in their daily lives, including at home, in education and employment.
Dyslexia Scotland: Encourages and enable people with dyslexia, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential through the national helpline, their branch network and online in the Members’ area. Raising awareness and campaigning for change.
The Dyslexia Association is a registered charity which has been improving the lives of people with dyslexia since 1971. It provides support and services for children and adults of all ages, parents and families, educators, employers and the wider community
SOS! SEN is an independent registered charity that offers legally based information and advice for parents/carers needing help with getting the right provision and school for their child/children with special needs. They offer 1:1 bookings, workshops, a term-time telephone helpline and 8 free, walk-in advice centres around the UK. Please see the website for more information sossen.org.uk
Dyslexia information Day was founded in 2008 by Elizabeth Wilkinson. It has become known as DiD by many and is a not-for-profit event created to offer free information, advice & guidance to all: adults to children, individuals, families and employers.
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) provide all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being.
SENDirect is funded by the Department of Education provides you with information and a place where you can see all the services that are available in your area a to contact providers of these services and negotiate a package that better suits your child.
dysTalk is for parents of children who are looking for information on how to optimise their child's learning. dysTalk provides information and clips on specific learning difficulties that may be undermining a child's performance as well as learning strategies that can potentially be applied to all children of all abilities.
John Hicks is a parent of two daughters with special educational needs that include dyslexia and a life coach that supports parents as they support their children with dyslexia and other special needs. The blogs provide free resources that help to empower your children to thrive at school and beyond.